Pay civil servants now

UPND Statement on delayed salaries for civil servants

23 September 2015

We are again bombarded with messages of delayed salaries for civil servants across the country for the month of September.

We have said it before that flowery speeches and promises mean nothing to people, at the very least they are deceptive to our people.

Our colleagues in the PF have been promising one thing after another without delivering on any of them.

Civil servants salaries have been delayed without anyone explaining to them when they will be paid or at least why they have been delayed. Meanwhile our colleagues in the PF have been preoccupied with bye elections some of which are purely induced by the PF.

Since our colleagues do not take responsibility for anything, we may not be surprised to hear that the delayed salaries are also a global problem like everything else that is going bad in this country is someone else’s problem but the PF.

We all know this regime is totally bankrupt due to reckless spending but has no shame to admit it, instead making other grand promises like President Edgar Lungu did inside Parliament last week and yet we know nothing will ever be implemented unless they resort to further borrowing.

For them telling lies and later borrowing is the easiest thing they know, rather than generating domestic resources and wealth.

We demand that civil servants be paid today to avoid them having to take out unnecessary loans for their home expenditure and school fees, especially with the current high cost of living.

Such delays also cause our workers to lose concentration at work as they preoccupy themselves with activities aimed at looking for money for survival from other means.

Percy Chanda

UPND Chairperson for Labour

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